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Year 1 trip to the Tower of London

After quite a long (but full of sight seeing) bus journey - we finally arrived at the Tower of London and what a fantastic day it was!  The sun was shining and the children were amazing!  So much so we didn't need to put them on the torturous 'racks'!  We saw the Crown Jewels, a grumpy Beefeater, Balck Ravens (one of which was called Erin) as well as visiting the torture chambers, the place where King Henry VIII's three wives were beheaded before a walk along the periphery of the Tower.  The children were a credit to St Mary's and loved every minute.  Take a look at a selection of photographs below.  The rest are uploaded to our secure platform.

Our Story Telling Throne - 15th November 2017

This Week, we were extremely lucky to have Richard Barry of Learning Through Landscapes visiting our school as part of an outdoor project run through the John Laing Trust. Children from Wayland Smithy took part in this exciting opportunity and, after two days of digging, sawing, sanding and drilling, they successfully constructed a fabulous Story Telling Throne for St Mary’s Haven. We are all very excited to try out our new ‘throne’ and will soon be making the most of this very special and peaceful area of our shool.

Swindon Youth Festival of Literature - 9th November 2017

The Year 6’s were kindly invited to St Joseph’s on Thursday the 9th of November for the Swindon Youth Festival of Literature. We were lucky enough to meet the authors Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (The Two Steve’s). They introduced us to their amazing characters, creative landscapes and funny storylines. They even allowed a few of us up on stage to join in with their silly antics! Testing their ‘I-Hero’ books, we all became Vikings and brought the stories alive. We had a fantastic time, and cannot wait to sink our teeth into their new book! A great morning had by us all. 

We have received some very good feedback from the Festival : "Well done to the St Mary's 'Superhero', he certainly has acting ability! The children were fantastic!"  The Two Steves were incredibly impressed with how far you had walked to come and see them - Steve Skidmore said, "I wouldn't have walked for 50 minutes to see us!!"

Upper Phase engage in Darwin's Delights - 31st October 2017

This week, as part of our new topic – Darwin’s Delights - Upper Phase visited the Oxford Natural History Museum and were lucky enough to take part in an Evolve, Adapt, Survive, workshop given by one of the museum’s very own experts. Handling real specimens such as elephant teeth and polar bear paws to huge python skins and gliding lizards, children explored how animals have evolved and adapted to survive in their particular habitats. We heard about Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace’s work on natural selection and examined some of the fossil evidence that reveals the history of life on our planet. After the workshop, children borrowed the Museum's ipads to complete the Sensing Evolution trail with the celebrated wildlife presenter, Steve Backshall, as their guide. A great day was had by all!

Art Week - October 2017

As part of Art Week, we invited Toni and Gordon from 'No Added Sugar' into our school to work with the children on a very special project.  They inspired us with their creativity, consultation, engagement, inclusion, involvement and fun to develop talent and celebrate art by creating a wonderful display of hand painted butterflies that frame our mission statement beautifully.  Take a look at the photographs below to see how much we enjoyed ourselves.  If you would like to learn more about Toni and Gordon / No Added Sugar then please click here to visit their website. To see the mounted butterflies, then either come into school to view them, alternatively, you can see them on the homepage of our website.